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April Event - UX Kung Fu!

Follow the Platinum Rule

We all know the Golden Rule of treating other the way we want to be treated. But Alix Han says that when it comes to User Experience (UX) design you must follow the Platinum Rule and treat users the way they want to be treated.

 

Alix started the evening introducing a holistic definition of UX that encompasses the, “total experience of an end user’s interactions with a company, its…

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Added by Gwen Bender on April 22, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

March Event - Market and Opportunity Analysis Workshop

This last weekend, the PMC hosted an exclusive workshop on Market and Opportunity Analysis, led by Linda Merrick from Pivotal Product Management.  A total of 20 people came out on a bright and sunny Saturday and were able to benefit from Linda’s incredible…

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Added by Rose Becerra on March 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

February Event - Do Product Managers Belong at Startups?

The short answer: Not initially.

An interesting panel discussion last evening on the role of a product manager in a startup with Steve ShaperoChun-Kai WangBruce HenryShalendra Chhabra,…

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Added by Garrett Kocher on February 21, 2014 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Do you know your core values?

Do you know which core values are most important to you?

Here's a simple & effective tool that Dave shared in the recent PMC event that will help you identify your core values and stack rank them.

You can download the Excel spreadsheet and instructions on how to use it here: …

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Added by Anuj Rajbhandari on January 30, 2014 at 9:31pm — No Comments

January Event - Three P's to Start the New Year

Our January event was a great start to the New Year. Dave presented the three P's for a fresh start in 2014:

  1. Perspective
  2. Prune
  3. Prime

The session was packed with tools, techniques and insights to step back and re-gain our perspectives in what matters most in personal, professional, product and process areas. With our new perspectives, we can find things to prune and…

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Added by Anuj Rajbhandari on January 27, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

ProductCamp Seattle 2013 Recap

ProductCamp Seattle 2013was last month. . There were 178 attendees,24 presentations, and one very fun after party. Some of my personal highlights included learning how to Kumbaya difficult relationships at work, discovering the zen of customer interviews, and networking with really amazing people.

We had a survey that went out to participants – it was very illuminating to see the results and learn how others saw the event.

Interesting Fact #1: Word of Mouth and Person to…

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Added by Rose Becerra on November 29, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

ProductCamp from Around the World to You

ProductCamp Seattle 2013 is just around the corner. I’m really looking forward to learning from all of the smart people we’ll have in attendance as our ideas and collaboration lead to a great deal of professional and personal growth.

Whenever I have something big to look forward to, I tend to look back.

Did you know that there are ProductCamps held all over the world? We are not alone.

As recently as this last weekend in…

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Added by Rose Becerra on October 15, 2013 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Collaboration Leads to Improved Outcomes

In a blog post Take Chage Managemen.comt , it refers that just associated with a product or product line is more than being assigned to the project. They mentioned the importance of staying in sync with your product team. The importance of understanding the process being used to develop and support your product.This understanding starts by gaining…

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Added by Rena Cummings on October 6, 2013 at 8:14pm — No Comments

ProductCamp DFW 2013

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual ProductCamp DFW! Saturday November 9, 2013

ProductCamp DFW is a collaborative, user organized professional conference, focused on New Product Development, Innovation, Product Management, and Marketing topics.



ProductCamp DFW is the…

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Added by Jose A. Briones on September 8, 2013 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Tax Wars. Win / Loss and Beyond.

Brian Scheffer is a Product Manager in Redmond who started as a software developer and moved to program management before leading product teams.  Brian finds his software development background provides him a unique ability to find solutions for problems faced by product managers.  He enjoys listening to the issues others face and collaborating on ways they might solve them.

Brian’s Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/BrianScheffer…

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Added by Brian Scheffer on August 18, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Lean UX and Agile

We've just announced our August speaker and event which promises to be an informative session on Lean UX. Sounds great.

But to be honest, while I understand agile and lean, I have no clue what Lean UX is.

I'm a noob when it comes to this area, so I let my fingers do the walking and found both a…

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Added by Paul Hahn on July 19, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Product Lessons Learned from the East Coast

For the July PMC event we host a a panel of execs from the Seattle product world, and they will be sharing the lessons they have learned throughout their careers.

So I thought it would be fun to interview another local startup guy for a blog post, kind of a teaser to what you might see at the event.  So I lined up an interview with a friend at a local startup.

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Added by Jon White on July 16, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Just Say No: Managing Product Strategy

I came across this blog post Product Strategy Means Saying No from the folks at Intercom. I'm sure all of us in the product management community can relate regardless of whether we are in B2B or B2C contexts. Saying no is one of the hardest tasks a product person does.

Warning: Contains language that may not be suitable for work…

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Added by Paul Hahn on July 3, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments

ProductCamp Fever

It's nearing the end of June, and for some of us in the PMC that means it's time to start organizing for ProductCamp Seattle 2013. To get in the mood, I'm sharing this link summarizing a recent ProductCamp - Sydney2013. Sounds like it was a quality high-energy event. I can hardly wait for fall and being a part of our very own version.

Added by Paul Hahn on June 27, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Kanban Huh?

Our June event next week is called  “Interactive Kanban Games: Experience the Power of Work-In-Progress”,  which to me leads to a few obvious questions: what the heck is Kanban and why should I care as a product manager? I’m going to take a crack at answering these questions in 300 words of less…so here goes.

What is Kanban? In Japanese, the word in everyday use refers…

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Added by Paul Hahn on June 17, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

May Event Slides : A Case Study in Product Management Excellence

Sri Velamoor joined us in May to talk about what he has learned in his years as a Product Manager - and how it applied to his current company - Indix.

 

The one piece of advice he said everyone should walk away with? 'Get out of the building'.  Go and talk to your…

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Added by Jon White on May 23, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

10 Actionable Tips for Customer Research Interviews

If your role includes product strategy, or inbound product management (aka ‘What to build?’) then I maintain that 1:1 customer interviews are the most important tool in your box.  They are also one of the most underused.  I will be exploring this topic more over the next few months but for now here are some quick tips I have found useful along the way.…



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Added by Jon White on May 12, 2013 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Product Management Job Scene in Seattle Area

 Seattle and its neighboring areas are a hub for product development and innovation. There are numerous start-ups and big fortune 500 companies in Pacific Northwest making innovative world-class products which require an ever growing need for Product Managers.

  A quick analysis on Google Trends…

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Added by Rupika Jain on May 7, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

What can you expect to see from the PMC in 2013?

For 2013 we have a new board, a new structure and a new plan.  We want to share what we have been up to, and some of the problems we have been tackling. Why share?

  • we want to be transparent about the PMC and how we work…

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Added by Jon White on April 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Corporate Memberships added!

For those companies that believe their product managers contribute greatly to their success, who want to reward them by supporting their ongoing learning and networking, PMC now offers a corporate membership program whose levels are as follows:

  • $2B+ in annual revenue - $5000 (unlimited number of attendees per event)
  • $500M to $2B in annual revenue - $2500 (up to 10 participants per event)
  • < $500M in annual revenue…
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Added by Bill Davis on April 12, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments

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Blog Posts

April Event - UX Kung Fu!

Posted by Gwen Bender on April 22, 2014 at 10:38am

Do you know your core values?

Posted by Anuj Rajbhandari on January 30, 2014 at 9:31pm

January Event - Three P's to Start the New Year

Posted by Anuj Rajbhandari on January 27, 2014 at 10:00pm

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